GOG’s been slowly moving from strength to strength for years, but now it looks like #CDProjekt’s DRM-free baby is ready to step into the big leagues. #GOGGalaxy is set to be a #clientbased service with friends, achievements, automatic updates, and the like ala Steam, only it’s entirely optional. No online game activations required, no sign-ins needed to play. You can play with friends using other platforms (like Steam) too. Trailer – yes, for a store/service – below.
As of now, that’s really about all there is to it. If you go to Galaxy’s sparkly new website, you will find no further information – just a little sign that says, “More news in 2014.” So that’s all for now.
It’s very good news, though. This sounds like it could potentially be the first viable Steam alternative, er, ever, and it plays nice with Steam and other services to boot. A competitor and a complement. Interesting. Regardless, options are rarely bad, especially when a company with a track record as historically good (and/or old) as GOG’s is at the helm.
Also, just to be certain we checked with GOG, and yes, Galaxy will be focused on curated games. No Steam Greenlight-style floodgate-opening shenanigans. So in some ways, Galaxy sounds like it will be akin to the Steam Of Yore while Steam itself evolves into… whatever Steam is currently evolving into.
We have no idea how this will all shake out, but we are expecting interesting times ahead. Especially with the upcoming Linux support.